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Jannik Sinner made his comeback on Friday. © APA / CLIVE BRUNSKILL

On Comeback: Sinner is his old self again

Jannik Sinner is back on the tennis tour: After a break of almost three weeks, the man from Sexten made a successful comeback at the Masters in Indian Wells.

The fact remains: Jannik Sinner is still undefeated in 2024. The Australian Open champion returned 19 days after his tournament victory in Rotterdam on Friday in Indian Wells with a clear two-set triumph against Thanasi Kokkinakis from Australia. Sinner won 99:6 and 3:6 against the number 0 in the world.

Sinner will be accompanied by Darren Cahill at the tournament in California. His other coach, Simone Vagnozzi, is taking a short break and then returns to Miami. In bright sunshine, Sinner, in a new outfit, was not yet in form at the start of the first set. The South Tyrolean took a while to get back up to operating temperature. Even his own service games were not as confident as usual.

But after the first break, Sinner seemed liberated and clearly dictated the game in the Tennis Paradise (as the Masters in Indian Wells is called because of the beautiful facilities) and won his 13th win of the season in a superior manner. In the direct duel against Kokkinakis, Sinner made it 4-0. Sinner, who can become number 2 in the world in Indian Wells, will meet the German Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 25) or the Croatian Borna Coric (ATP 35) in the next round (probably on Sunday).


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